UNDP and IMO Chiefs Meet

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January 20, 2015

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu at IMO Headquarters on January 20, where the two highlighted common commitment to sustainable development and discussed the important role of maritime transportation in building the economies of developing countries. 
The leaders noted the two multimillion dollar partnerships projects executed by IMO in partnership with the UNDP to address the threat of invasive species in ships’ ballast water. The first project was initiated in 2000 and this evolved into a second project – GloBallast Partnerships.
The aims of the projects are to assist developing countries and their maritime industries in implementing international regulations on ballast water management and preventing risks arising from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in ships’ ballast water. Both projects have mobilized some $13 million in financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and leveraged many times this in cash and in-kind co-finance.
IMO is currently working with UNDP and the GEF on developing new comprehensive global partnerships on energy efficiency in the maritime transport sector and marine biodiversity protection.
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